I don’t usually share my life in detail on the blog. But sometimes, I think it’s OK to share a glimpse of what happens behind the screen, in my not so neat house. I’ll try to be short, I’ll try, and I hope you can see where I am going by sharing this story that happens to include free Thanksgiving chalkboard art.
Ten days ago, my son had a fever of 104 degrees. I took him to the pediatrician to find out he had strep throat. Off we went to get the antibiotics the doctor prescribed. He was home with me for three days. In those three days, I managed to deliver a couple of Etsy orders and stain some wood and 2 corn hole boxes I was making for a wedding. There is nothing fun about working in an 85-degree garage (because we don’t seem to have a glimpse of fall here).
The day he went back to school I felt queasy and feverish. Turns out I got strep too. In between fevers, I managed -again- to finish that wedding package, and just when I thought I had everything under control (my son’s and my own health, the wedding package done…) the sales rep at the UPS store puts a dent on one of the wood pieces.
I started to cry. Right there, at the UPS store.
The package was sent; there wasn’t really anything I could do at that point. I talked to the bride and she just said: ‘ No, no, no… don’t cry! This will just add to the rustic look ‘ – I wish there were more people in the world just like her.
You will think my story will end there. A kinda-sorta, happy ending, right?. Nope, it doesn’t end there.
The very next day, my son woke up covered in hives. Head to toe. It was day 9 of 10 of the Amoxicillin he was prescribed, and turns out he’s allergic. Even after the fact that he has had Amoxicillin in other two different occasions, he developed an allergy. The most horrible allergy I have ever seen in my entire life. And it got worse by the minute. Even taking Benadryl, the hives kept raising and growing, the itch would go away for a couple of hours, but would come back later with a vengeance. It was absolutely painful to watch him lay in bed covered in hives.
But, in the midst of all these crazy events, I found peace last night. I discovered that I needed to slow down and be there for my son; and for my own inner peace. So, I laid down in bed with him and for the first time in a long time, I scrolled through my Pinterest feed as a regular person and not as a blogger. I wasn’t looking for posts ideas, I wasn’t searching for DIY projects, I was just scrolling.
And I read this…
I could not let it pass.
As an ‘artist by heart’, there are some days when I just don’t feel inspired. Yet last night, with a 5-year-old covered in hives (and in a thick layer of miraculous coconut oil), I found the inspiration -and the answer to my thousand questions- in the words of the Lord.In every thing, give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Click To Tweet
It was definitely a message sent from above. Even though I felt like I was going through hell, God told me to keep moving, to keep loving my life and to keep loving the things I always loved to do. Because life is full of crappy moments, but there is always a lesson to learn. And we must give thanks!
And then, I grabbed my laptop and designed these.
‘Start each day with a grateful heart’
The definition of Thanksgiving as per dictionary dot com
and this beautiful Psalm:
‘Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever’ Psalm 107:1
What I get from this is, that I am exactly in the place where God wants me to be. He even had my neighbor at the drugstore when I called her to ask if she could watch my son while I ran to the drugstore to pick up medicine. Yes, God is that good!
You can click on the link below to download your free Thanksgiving chalkboard art.
The file contains four letter size pages, one with each 8″x10″ chalkboard art. Print and frame. If you enjoyed this post and if this story has touched your heart, share it with everyone you love!
Have a blessed and thankful day!